What’s Wrong With Government Shemittah Program?

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Rav Yosef Mendelssohn has publicized a letter explaining why Rav Chaim Kanievsky opposes a new program of Agricultural Minister Yisrael Katz to help shemittahobservant farmers with government funds and money deposited by farmers in a special saving fund during the six working years.

Rav Mendelssohn noted that the government helped shemittah farmers in many ways in the past and gave each shemittah observing farmer an average $56,000 during the last shemittah year.

Although the new plan would give each farmer who deposits $17,000 in a special savings fund a grant of $51,000, most farmers will probably fail to deposit the full amount and would receive far less government aid in proportion to the little they put away, Rav Mendelssohn argued.

Therefore, he concluded, the government should continue helping farmers as it has in the past without introducing new rules which may give farmers less than they got previously.

{Matzav.com Israel}

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